BROCKVILLE – After the cold, snowy and icy winter we’ve had in Eastern Ontario, just about anyone can be forgiven for wanting to escape to another time, even if just for an evening.
Fortunately, Brockville’s Employment + Education Centre (EEC) has just the event to make that happen.
Teams of four are invited to go back in time to the roaring twenties with the “Speakeasy” Escape Room fundraiser. A speakeasy is an illegal establishment where liquor was consumed in the 1920’s.
This event is taking place on Friday, Feb. 16 from 6-10 pm, Saturday, Feb. 17 from 2-8 pm and Sunday, Feb. 18 from 2-6 pm. Participants are invited to register in teams of four; each team that participates will register for a specific time slot for one of the three days. The event is a fundraiser for the United Way of Leeds and Grenville; the local United Way branch helps to support EEC’s Credit Counselling and Youth Volunteer Crew programs.
Tara Kelly, a member of EEC’s United Way in-house committee, notes that the idea of holding an escape room event came from a similar event that was held at the Brockville Public Library, which was successful.
“It’s a fun team-building exercise,” Kelly notes. She added that participants are encouraged to dress in 1920s-themed costumes. If all four team members do, they will receive an additional 15 minutes to escape. Participating teams are given 45 minutes to work together and solve puzzles which will enable them to ‘escape’ the room in time.
The “Speakeasy” Escape Room fundraiser will be held at EEC’s headquarters at 105 Strowger Blvd in Brockville. The cost to take part is $20 per person.